Press Release - Scott Walker: 'Our Allies Do Not Trust Us, and Our Enemies Do Not Fear Us'
The National Interest
Editor's Note: Zachary Keck, Managing Editor of the National Interest, posed the following questions to 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The exchange is below:
Keck: First things first, what is your reaction to the recently announced Iran nuclear deal? Do you really intend to terminate it on your first day in office?
Walker: The Iran deal is a terrible agreement that will be remembered as one of the biggest diplomatic disasters in U.S. history. It is a threat to our safety and the safety of our closest allies, especially Israel. It gives an American stamp of approval to the Iranian nuclear program, undermines the principle of nonproliferation across the globe, lifts the conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes on Iran, and provides a signing bonus of around $150 billion to the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. Seeing this bad deal and President Obama's lack of resolve, our allies are now taking matters into their own hands. That's why I've said this deal is the starting pistol in a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race and will actually make war with Iran more likely, not less.
Iran's Supreme Leader should know that a future American president will not be bound by this dangerous agreement. As president, I will terminate the deal on day one by immediately re-imposing sanctions against Iran, working with Congress to impose new crippling sanctions, and convincing our allies to do the same. This will not be an easy task, but given how bad this deal is, we cannot delay. When America truly leads and works with our allies, we can negotiate with Iran from a position of strength, prevent the regime from acquiring a nuclear weapon, and roll back Tehran's influence across the Middle East.
Scott Walker, Press Release - Scott Walker: 'Our Allies Do Not Trust Us, and Our Enemies Do Not Fear Us' Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/312141